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Apple has confirmed that it removed a number of VPN apps from the mainland China version of its App Store because they contravene a recent law issued by China that bans the use of private VPNs.

The Wall Street Journal quoted one service, ExpressVPN, as saying that Apple had told it about the removal of its app on Saturday.

ExpressVPN published the notice which claimed the app contained content that contravened Chinese laws.

Apple told the WSJ that it had removed the apps to fall in line with a new law that made it mandatory for VPN providers to get a licence from the country's authorities.

“We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations. These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business,” the company said.

This is the second time in recent months that Apple has had to bow to Chinese laws in order to continue its operations in the country.

Earlier this month, Apple announced plans for opening a new data centre in China in order to comply with the government's demands to store Chinese customer data within the country. 

The company's 10th anniversary iPhone is due to launch later this year. The iPhone is now the fourth largest selling device in China, down from the third position and behind local rivals Oppo and Vivo, both from BBK Electronics, and Huawei.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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